Review: The Fault In Our Stars

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Title: The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

Published: Penguin Books, 2012

*Spoilers included in this review*

 

 

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Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

In Brief

 

 

A touching story of living life to the fullest when all is uncertain.

My Thoughts

 

 

Hazel is dying. She has thyroid cancer with lung mets. And she’s living as though it’s over already. Then one day she meets Augustus at her support group, and suddenly life is worth living. They are the kids at school that you want to have been friends with. The alternative-type, honest, just livin-their-own-life-with-no-concern-for-anyone-else type. As they get to know each other and we get to know them, I just grew to love them. And it sucks. Cancer sucks. Full stop. But this is a book that doesn’t focus on the whole cancer-teenager-dying thing, while still focusing on it. The focus is on living with cancer, not necessarily just dying of it.

I really liked this book. Really really liked. John Green’s writing is simple, clean, humorous and insightful. He writes with innocence, while showing us the depth behind the characters.

**SPOILER ALERT**

But what would a cancer book be without a relapse? So of course there it is. And time is short. So Hazel and Augustus try to make as much of the time they have as they can. And it’s sweet. I also think it was necessary to the story. This is a story about cancer, living with, dying of, grieving and moving past.

Rating

 

 

A+ – This book is AMAZING. It totally blew me away!

Recommend

 

 

DEFINITELY! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll question your own life choices. Maybe don’t read it on the train… and keep the tissues close.

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Review: Forgotten

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Title: Forgotten

Author: Cat Patrick

Published: Little, Brown and Company; Hachette Book Group, 2011

 

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I remember forwards.

I remember forwards and forget backwards.

My memories, bad, boring, or good, haven’t happened yet.

So I will remember standing in the fresh-cut grass with the black-clad figures surrounded by stone until I do it for real. I will remember the funeral until it happens – until someone dies.

And after that, it will be forgotten.

Here’s the thing about me; I can see my future, but my past is blank.

I see the future in flashes, like memories. I remember what I’ll wear tomorrow, and a car crash that won’t happen til this afternoon. But yesterday has evaporated from my mind – just like the boy I love, I can’t see him in my future. I can’t remember him from my past. But today, I love him. And I never want to forget how much.

 

My Thoughts

 

 

I totally wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did. I didn’t want it to end! I’m relatively new to young adult fiction (other than when I was in my early teens), and I’m pretty selective about what I read. This was a total winner!

I loved the ‘remember the future, forget the past’ idea, but was concerned that it wouldn’t be well written. Cat Patrick did an amazing job. I didn’t want the book to end – and to add insult to injury, I opened the second Cat Patrick book I had (Revived) and realised it wasn’t a sequel! Yeah, I didn’t research that one too well.

London Lane remembers days and years to come, but doesn’t know what happened yesterday. She writes things down, but things are starting to happen that she doesn’t remember. Like Luke. For some reason he’s completely new to her every day. So she writes herself more and more notes so she can remember him. Then she remembers a funeral… and starts to piece things together. Is this why she doesn’t remember him?

I haven’t described this very well – this is why Cat Patrick is the author of this amazing book and I’m not! I found this book really easy to read, very difficult to put down, and really well written. My only complaint was that it wasn’t long enough.

 

An original plot brilliantly executed with likable, relatable, believable characters.

 

Recommend

 

 

Absolutely! A fun light read, a great way to pass a lazy afternoon or train trip.

 

Have you read Forgotten? Do you think you will? 

Chels

 

 

 

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

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Title: Sharp Objects

Author: Gillian Flynn

Published: Phoenix, 2006

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It’s been a while… but Camille Preaker has finally gone home.

Sent to investigate the disappearance of two little girls Camille finds herself reluctantly installed in the family mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and a precocious thirteen-year-old half-sister she barely knows. Haunted by a family tragedy, troubled by the disquieting grip her young sister has on the town, Camille struggles with a familiar need to be accepted.

But as clues turn into dead ends Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims and releases: she will have to unravel the puzzle of her own past if she’s to survive this homecoming.

MY THOUGHTS

This one was written pre-Gone Girl, and I have to say, Flynn does not disappoint. Camille has returned to Wind Gap as a journalist, to write about the disappearance and murder of a little girl – reminiscent of what happened to her sister. This brings up many bad memories, that Camille has worked years to get over. She is covered in scars from self harm, that begin to burn and itch more the longer she is home.

Now, I have to say if you have history with self harm or family related issues, this may not be the book for you. It’s quite dark and touches on issues that are not altogether healthy.

I, however, found it hard to put down, intriguing and kinda like a car crash – just too hard to look away. I had to know what happens next. As with Gone Girl, there’s a few red herrings thrown in there, and I didn’t pick the outcome definitively. For me it was one of numerous possibilities, but still threw me at the end. Flynn’s mind is just bananas. I have no idea where she comes up with this stuff. But still. Very well written, inescapable, Maybe I’m disturbed, but I enjoyed it!

RECOMMEND?

If you enjoy a touch of the creepy? This goes beyond a touch. Way beyond.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

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Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Random House; Vintage Books, 2011

 

BACK COVER

The circus arrives without warning

No announcements precede it…

It is simply there, when yesterday it was not

 

MY THOUGHTS

This circus is amazing, surprising, magical, and a giant show developed as a competition between two magicians. Well, two magicians who aren’t aware they’re in competition. It’s brilliant. Erin Morgenstern has come up with an original idea that draws you into the atmosphere, trickery and amazement of Le Cirque Des Reves. I love the black and white with a touch of red theme of the circus, and the Reveurs who follow the circus around the globe. I felt it gave the circus a sense of the unexplained, the untouchable, the… inclusive to those only who come across it and join in.

I loved the magical element to this book, along with the mystery of the competition smouldering along in the background – IE it’s not mentioned or referred to often, but comes into play only when necessary. I felt included into the inner circle, and privy to the inner workings of this both exclusive and elusive adventure.

Now, I’ve never spent a lot of time reading fantasy, though I have been reading more of it of late. I love how seamlessly Morgenstern weaves the magical into the everyday. The Night Circus is well written, and I found myself lost within the circus. I didn’t want to stop reading! In fact, I think this is a book I’ll probably reread again soon. Loved it.

RECOMMEND?

If you like to indulge in a sense of the magical, with a hint of drama? Totally!